Morelia Filmmakers Showcase Michoacán Films At Ninth Festival
The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) is preparing for its ninth festival, which will highlight the most outstanding Michoacán films from 2011. FICM president, Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, announced the commencement of the festival during a press conference in Mexico City.
According to FICM, the competition categories include: Mexican short film, Mexican documentary, Michoacán, and Mexican feature film. The ninth FICM festival is planning to screen 44 short films, 23 documentaries, 9 Michoacán films, and 9 feature films.
Winning short films and animated films screened during the festival are eligible to receive an Academy Award nomination. Winners also have the honor of being screened at the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival.
Last year’s winners include: Ponkina by Beatriz Herrera, Best Animated Short Film; Busco empleo by Francisco Valle, Special Mention in the Fiction Short Film category; and Carne que recuerda by Dalia Huerta Cano, Best Mexican Short Documentary.
Jean Cristophe Berjon, general delegate at Cannes Film Festival Critic’s Week, explains his appreciation for FICM saying, “After only eight years, Morelia has become one of the most important festivals in the world.”
Every year, FICM also pays tribute to a forerunner within the Michoacán filmmaking community. This year’s honoree is Damián Alcázar, a very distinguished Michoacán actor who has worked with directors Luis Estrada, Carlos Carrera, and Felipe Cazals.
A special portion of the festival is dedicated to presenting films made by native filmmakers such as Oaxacan filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, who will have three films showcased.
The Morelia International Film Festival will be held at the Cinépolis Cento Morelia and the Cinépolis Las Americas cinema theaters October 15-23. Free screenings will also take place at the Casa Natal de Morelos, the Aula Mater del Colegio de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, and the Plaza Benito Juárez.